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#2 Porsche closing on race-leading #38 LMP2 ORECA in 22nd hour

#38 ORECA Le Mans 2017

Porsche driver Timo Bernhard has continued to close the gap to the Jackie Chan DC Racing ORECA-Gibson 07 LMP2 car that leads the Le Mans 24 Hours with two hours to go.

The #38 LMP2 machine inherited the lead when Andre Lotterer dramatically retired with a lack of oil pressure in the previous hour but Bernhard in the LMP1-specification #2 Porsche 919 Hybrid is chasing hard.

The Porsche unlapped itself from Thomas Laurent in the ORECA towards the end of the last hour having earlier gained further time when the LMP2 machine needed a lengthy pitstop to change its rear light.

The lead gap now stands at 3m04s.

With two hours remaining in the race there should be sufficient time for Bernhard to get ahead and claim the win.

There was a change for third overall after the #13 Rebellion ORECA needed a long pitstop while the rear of the car was examined, promoting Andre Negrao in the #35 Signatech ORECA.

CORVETTE AND PORSCHE IN GTE MIX

Although Daniel Serra's #97 Aston Martin Vantage was leading the class before pitting for Jonny Adam to take over at the turn of the hour, the odds remain in favour of a Porsche or Corvette victory in GTE Pro.

The Vantage and Corvette continued to spend the majority of the 22nd hour lapping independently of Frederic Makowiecki in the #91 Porsche, which pitted out of the lead 20 minutes before the turn of the hour and made what will probably be its final tyre change before the chequered flag.

Though Serra muscled his way past the #63 again, having slipped behind in the previous pitstop cycle, the likelihood is that the Aston will need to make one more pitstop than the cars it is lapping in proximity to.

That makes the fastest of the Ford GTs, currently in fourth place in the hands of Harry Tincknell, a possible candidate to snatch a podium place over the final two hours.

The Rigon/Bird/Molina #71 AF Corse Ferrari remains over a minute behind Tincknell, and made no inroads into that advantage during the hour.

The Stevens/Smith/Vanthoor #84 Ferrari retained its GTE Am class lead, still a lap ahead of the Cioci/Cameron/Scott #55 Ferrari.

POSITIONS AFTER 22 HOURS

PosClassCarDriversLapsGap
1LMP2#38 OrecaTung, Laurent, Jarvis333
2LMP1#2 PorscheBernhard, Bamber, Hartley333+ 3m45.200s
3LMP2#35 AlpinePanciatici, Ragues, Negrao331+ 2 Laps
4LMP2#13 OrecaPiquet Jr, H. Hansson, Beche331+ 1m16.296s
5LMP2#37 OrecaCheng, Gommendy, Brundle330+ 3 Laps
6LMP2#32 LigierOwen, De Sadeleer, Albuquerque329+ 4 Laps
7LMP2#24 OrecaGraves, Hirschi, Vergne328+ 5 Laps
8LMP2#40 OrecaAllen, Matelli, Bradley328+ 50.639s
9LMP1#8 ToyotaBuemi, Davidson, Nakajima323+ 10 Laps
10LMP2#47 DallaraLacorte, Sernagiotto, Belicchi322+ 11 Laps
11LMP2#34 LigierMoore, Hanson, Chandhok319+ 14 Laps
12LMP2#36 AlpineDumas, Menezes, Rao318+ 15 Laps
13LMP2#17 LigierLafargue, Lafargue, Zollinger313+ 20 Laps
14LMP2#29 DallaraLammers, Van Eerd, Barrichello312+ 21 Laps
15LMP2#21 OrecaHedman, Hanley, Rosenqvist312+ 3m00.119s
16LMP2#33 LigierNicolet, Nicolet, Maris311+ 22 Laps
17GTE Pro#63 ChevroletMagnussen, Garcia, Taylor309+ 24 Laps
18GTE Pro#97 AstonTurner, Adam, Serra309+ 3.704s
19GTE Pro#91 PorscheLietz, Makowiecki, Pilet309+ 1m41.883s
20GTE Pro#67 FordPriaulx, Tincknell, Derani309+ 2m10.068s
21GTE Pro#71 FerrariRigon, Bird, Molina308+ 25 Laps
22GTE Pro#68 FordHand, Muller, Kanaan308+ 1m19.741s
23LMP2#31 OrecaProst, Canal, Senna307+ 26 Laps
24GTE Pro#69 FordBriscoe, Westbrook, Dixon306+ 27 Laps
25GTE Pro#64 ChevroletGavin, Milner, Fassler304+ 29 Laps
26GTE Pro#95 AstonThiim, Sorensen, Stanaway303+ 30 Laps
27GTE Am#84 FerrariSmith, Stevens, Vanthoor303+ 2m37.065s
28GTE Am#55 FerrariCameron, Scott, Cioci302+ 31 Laps
29GTE Pro#66 FordMucke, Pla, Johnson301+ 32 Laps
30GTE Am#62 FerrariMacneil, Sweedler, Bell301+ 3m26.302s
31GTE Am#99 AstonHoward, Gunn, Bryant300+ 33 Laps
32GTE Am#61 FerrariMok, Sawa, Griffin300+ 44.490s
33GTE Am#77 PorscheRied, Cairoli, Dienst300+ 4m27.609s
34GTE Am#93 PorscheLong, Al Faisal, Hedlund299+ 34 Laps
35GTE Am#98 AstonDalla Lana, Lamy, Lauda299+ 0.423s
36GTE Am#90 AstonYoluc, Hankey, Bell299+ 1m22.303s
37LMP2#45 LigierPatterson, Mcmurry, Capillaire298+ 35 Laps
38GTE Am#86 PorscheWainwright, Barker, Foster298+ 7m19.518s
39GTE Am#65 FerrariNielsen, Balzan, Curtis298+ 7m49.055s
40GTE Am#60 FerrariWee, Katoh, Parente297+ 36 Laps
41LMP2#27 DallaraAleshin, Sirotkin, Shaitar297+ 1m03.979s
42GTE Am#54 FerrariFlohr, Castellacci, Beretta297+ 2m00.827s
43LMP2#22 OrecaRojas, Hirakawa, Gutierrez297+ 3m21.283s
44GTE Am#83 FerrariKrohn, Jonsson, Bertolini292+ 41 Laps
45LMP2#39 OrecaGuibbert, Trouillet, Winslow291+ 42 Laps
46GTE Pro#51 FerrariCalado, Pier Guidi, Rugolo290+ 43 Laps
47LMP2#49 LigierKonopka, Calko, Breukers283+ 50 Laps
48LMP2#43 RileyKeating, Bleekemolen, Taylor282+ 51 Laps
49GTE Am#50 ChevroletRees, Brandela, Philippon280+ 53 Laps
50LMP1#1 PorscheJani, Lotterer, Tandy318Retired
51LMP2#23 LigierBarthez, Buret, Berthon296Retired
52LMP2#28 OrecaPerrodo, Vaxiviere, Collard213Retired
53GTE Pro#92 PorscheChristensen, Estre, Werner179Retired
54LMP1#9 ToyotaLapierre, Kunimoto, Lopez160Retired
55LMP1#7 ToyotaConway, Kobayashi, Sarrazin154Retired
56LMP2#25 OrecaGonzalez, Trummer, Petrov152Retired
57GTE Pro#82 FerrariVilander, Fisichella, Kaffer72Retired
58LMP2#26 OrecaRusinov, Thiriet, Lynn20Retired
59GTE Am#88 PorscheBachler, Lemeret, Al Qubaisi18Retired
60LMP1#4 EnsoWebb, Kraihamer, Bonanomi7Retired
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